Bootcheck to take part in Triple-A All-Star GameWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mud Hens closer Chris Bootcheck will represent Toledo in the Triple-A All-Star Game at 7 p.m. July 11 in Buffalo. Bootcheck was the lone member of the Mud Hens to be elected to the roster.
The All-Star Game, which puts Bootcheck and the International League up against the Pacific Coast League, will decide which league’s squad will be designated as the home team for the Triple-A National Championship Game on Sept. 18 in Durham.
Bootcheck is two relievers on the IL roster after posting 15 saves through the first half of the season, the second-highest league total. The Toledo closer was selected to the team through a combination of voting from club managers and general managers, media members and fans.
In 2012, Bootcheck has given up 24 hits in 34.2 innings, striking out 38 and walking 21. The 33-year-old from La Porte, Ind., posted a 3.38 ERA and 1.30 WHIP before the All-Star break; opponents are hitting .189 against him on the season.
The Mud Hens have been represented by a closer in three of the last five All-Star Games. Former first baseman Brad Eldred appeared to be a lock for another Mud Hens representative in the game after leading the league in almost every offensive category, but departed to Japan on June 20 to join the Hiroshima Toyo Carp.